On the Trails at Todd
Todd's five miles of trails pass through many diverse communities, including: oak-hickory forest, hemlock forest, old logging sites, an old limestone quarry, a pond, meadows and streams. Enjoy a walk along our beautiful trails! Trails are well-maintained, but rustic. Sturdy footware recommended. Trail walking times are based on a fit adult walking at a brisk pace.
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This is Todd's longest trail, half of which follows the sanctuary's perimeter. Loop trail passes the pond and leads through various forest habitats, including upland deciduous forest and the edges of hemlock ravines. The trail has rocky portions, one stream-crossing, occasional wet spots and moderate grades.
Walking Time: 60 minutes (2 miles)
Ravine trail is a dead-end trail, with one option to join Loop Trail after about 1/3 mile. The trail follows Watson's Run through mixed hemlock-deciduous forest. There are several rocky stream crossings that require wading or challenging rock-hopping. Caution, stream rocks are slippery! Please respect our neighbors and do not continue downstream past the end of the trail.
Walking Time: 35 minutes, one-way (.8 mile)
Indian Pipe Trail
This is one of the Sanctuary's easiest walking trails. Named after the whitish, pipe-like plant that appears on the forest floor in early July, the trail leads through upland forest in the middle of the Sanctuary.
Walking Time: 20 minutes (.6 mile)
Polypody trail is named after the small, evergreen polypody fern that grows on large boulders along the western section of the trail. The segment east of Indian Pipe Trail is level, while the west segment is moderately steep and rocky, connecting the uplands to the Watson's Run Valley.
Walking Time: 15 minutes (.3 mile)
Hemlock trail leads from upland forest to shady streamside hemlock groves. There is soggy footing in places during wet weather. The trail crosses Watson's Run by rock hopping. Caution, the rocks can be slippery!
Walking Time: 10 minutes (.2 mile)
This trail follows an old logging road built in the late 1950's, when many hemlock trees were cut down after being killed by a looper moth outbreak. The trail has a gentle grade with few rocks.
Walking Time: 10 minutes (.15 mile)
Pond trail meanders through former meadows that were once farm fields and have reverted to crab apple thickets and finally to young deciduous forest. The trail splits at the pond (built in 1969) and connects with Loop Trail in two places. Almost level, Pond trail has some potentially muddy areas during wet weather.
Walking Time: 15 minutes (.5 mile)